Susan McKenna, director of Bookhub Publishing, with Siobhan Dunleavy at Saturday’s event – Susan performed the official launch of the book.

New book explores self-acceptance and overcoming adversity

Westmeath woman Siobhán Dunleavy has launched a new book in which she explores self-acceptance and overcoming adversity. Last weekend at Mullingar Rugby Club, Siobhán, launched her new book ‘Accepting and Connecting with Muscular Dystrophy – How Spirituality Empowered Me to Strive When Faced with Adversity’.

The 30-year-old was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy at the age of 21, and in her debut book, she has shared her story of how being diagnosed with a life changing condition had a massive impact on her overall wellbeing.

In her writing, Siobhán explored how she felt things falling into place for her rather than apart, and how her condition does not define her.

Siobhán has added many notches to her belt through the years; she is an energy therapist, social care worker, and an English language teacher.

She is also a volunteer and board member of Step Up Ireland and has years of experience working with adults and young people in both mental health and disability support services.

Siobhán has travelled extensively in her search for faith and spirituality, which she explores in the book, taking her from Westmeath to places like Istanbul, Tokushima and Khon Kaen.

Described as a reflective diary, Siobhán said she hopes to inspire people to “embrace all forms of adversity.”

Siobhán’s book was published by award nominated writing and editing service ‘Book Hub Publishing’.